Sony announced this week its plan to enter the portable medical testing market. The company has acquired Micronics (Redmond, WA), which develops devices used for testing body fluids such as blood and saliva. Micronics is funded in part by the U.S. Army, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

September 30, 2011

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Sony Expands its Involvement in Healthcare

While the company now makes items such as printers, cameras, and data recorders that are used for medical applications, it has not yet developed products that would be marketed directly to hospitals. The company has no firm timetable for sales of point-of-care devices, citing the regulatory approvals process as an uncertainty.

 

Last year, Sony acquiried iCyt Mission Technology, a producer of devices that sort cells for stem cell applications and disease research.

Brian Buntz

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